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Secretary of Veterans Affairs helps count homeless veterans in DC


Every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development counts the number of homeless veterans nationally. The tally also helps identify the number of veterans without permanent housing.

On a single night last January, 40,000 vets were counted.

“Well it’s unacceptable," David Shulkin of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs said. "We don’t think that any veteran should be without a home. So that’s what we’re doing out here, to make sure that we end veteran homelessness.”

Shulkin helped with the late-night count this week and got to meet Army vet Chasu Koker.

“I’m going through so much right now, I just prayed for divine intervention," Koker said. "And we walked right into each other.”

Shulkin offered her immediate housing and gave her a challenge coin, something she hasn’t received in years.

“I never thought I’d get another coin after I got out but I got another one," Koker said.

See the full report of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shulkin getting a first-hand look at the problem of veteran homelessness in the video above.

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